If summer is for white wines and rosés, fall is the season for hearty reds. Luckily, Washington produces a diversity. Here we have a fruit-forward sangiovese, two irresistible merlot-heavy red blends, a sumptuous syrah, and the state’s rising star, cabernet sauvignon—all at superb values.
Eight Bells 2017 Sangiovese Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley $25
On the Nose: sour cherry, thyme, dried orange peel.
On the Palate: laser-focused red fruit flavors.
Why It's Special: An achingly pure offering of a lesser seen variety from Washington.
Sightglass Cellars 2018 Red Wine Columbia Valley $25
On the Nose: coffee, dark chocolate, and cherry.
On the Palate: dense, rich flavors.
Why It's Special: This luxurious blend drinks like a much more expensive bottle.
Gorman 2018 The Devil You Know Columbia Valley $30
On the Nose: cherry, coffee, baking spice.
On the Palate: a bold, palate-coating wine.
Why It's Special: Big reds like this help fend off winter’s chill.
Structure Cellars 2018 Bauhaus Syrah Columbia Valley $30
On the Nose: dark raspberry, dried herb.
On the Palate: intensity, depth, and balance.
Why It's Special: Syrah is a gem in Washington, and this wine glitters.
Airfield Estates 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley $18
On the Nose: black currant, plum, dried herb.
On the Palate: cherry flavors brightened by tart acids.
Why It's Special: High quality cabernet at $18? Yes, please.